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High-End Audio: Discover the McIntosh Difference

A McIntosh high-end audio amplifier sits atop a credenza in the listening room of an Illinois home.

Elevate Your Listening Enjoyment

In the world of high-end audio, few names carry as much weight and reverence as McIntosh. For those in Hinsdale, IL, and across all of Chicagoland, who have a penchant for unparalleled sound quality, the allure of McIntosh's legendary performance is undeniable. McIntosh products are revered by audiophiles and music lovers worldwide for their ability to convey the emotion and passion of a musical presentation. From the famous blue power meters to the imposing and iconic styling, McIntosh Labs continues to set the benchmark for high-end audio craftsmanship and sound quality. Learn more about McIntosh below and how it can elevate your listening enjoyment

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Elevate the Listening Experience on Your High-End Audio System

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New Lossless and High-Resolution Streaming Services Raise the Bar for Digital Music Sound Quality

To some audiophiles, streaming music has had a bad connotation. In large part, it has to do with services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music all using compressed audio formats for streaming to devices like mobile phones. Some audio purists only want to listen to lossless music or the warm analog sound of vinyl records.

You can't blame audiophiles for eschewing compressed music. They spend many thousands of dollars on their high-end audio systems, and good equipment exposes all the warts in heavily compressed music. If you’re a high-end audio enthusiast in Lincoln Park, IL, you want your system to sound as good as possible. But there's no denying the convenience of being able to call up most of the world's recorded music with a few taps on your smartphone or tablet.

Fortunately, after years of focusing on interfaces and easy access at the expense of audio quality, there is a return to the pursuit of better sound with digital music. Music services like Tidal, Amazon Music HD, and Qobuz are leading the way with lossless and high-resolution music, available for easy streaming. If you're still digging through racks of CDs, you may want to keep reading!

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How to Test the Mettle of Your High-End Audio Speakers

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These 6 Songs Can Give any System a Sonic Workout

Those of you with an audio obsession – often referred to as audiophiles – you are always on a quest for the perfect sound quality. Of course, you probably know it, but it's more of a journey than a destination. There's always some new amplifier, speaker, turntable, or piece of equipment that takes things up another notch, right?

There’s nothing wrong with your obsession. It’s what makes audiophilia a fun, if sometimes expensive, hobby. And isn’t it fun to hear your favorite music reproduced with the kind of impact and presence as if the artist or band is right there in the room playing just for you?

Most likely, when you audition new speakers you might want to buy, you have some go-to music that you know well that helps you evaluate how that new component will perform. That’s an excellent way to see if the new equipment will move the needle for you. Along that line, we’d like to suggest some songs that can help you evaluate your next high-end audio upgrade for your Chicago home. These were chosen for the way they push the envelope of a speaker and system’s capabilities. Ready to test these out? Let’s go!

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